Women of the World is an international vocal ensemble currently based in Boston. What started out as a dream three years ago has become a real musical force. Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee student from Japan sought to create an eclectic ensemble of women from all over the globe in order to create music for peace. In 2008, Ueda joined forces with other Berklee students Ali Rapetti from the United States, Katerina Polemi from Greece/Brazil, Giorgia Renosto from Italy, and Annette Philip from India in order to manifest this vision.
From the group's very beginning, the five core women delighted in sharing the beauty of different cultures and what that cross-pollination sounded like in music. Each of the five women has a strong artistic identity shaped by the culture in which she grew up, and each finds endless excitement in learning and exploring the many cultures of the world. The unique music that stems forth from this mixture of artistry has created for a sound that is all its own—borderless, spirited, and carrying the undeniable message of unity.
The Women of the World repertoire is thus vast and varied. Constantly searching for new genres to explore, the group has performed in over a dozen of the world's languages. From Bulgarian, Cuban, Ladino, Brazilian, African, Indian, and Japanese music to spontaneous improvisation and a cappella interludes, the sound created by this unique group has grown to have a power that moves not only the members, but larger and larger audiences, as it spreads awareness of different cultures, music, and philosophies.
Through their work, Women of the World has created a stir in the community, receiving support from renowned artists such as Grammy Award–winning maestro Bobby McFerrin. In 2010 they shared the stage with iconic African vocalist, Angelique Kidjo. The group has also supported various causes, including fundraisers for victims of natural disasters in Haiti, Pakistan, and, most recently, Japan.
Following their recent New York debut concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the five lead singers and their 11-piece band are now in the process of recording their debut album to help spread their message of cultural awareness and peace to be released later this year.